Finance First: How A&F Can Enable Successful Transformation

Presented by

Michael Polaha, Senior Vice President, Finance Solutions & Technology, BlackLine

About this talk

From hybrid work and cybersecurity to enabling new business models and managing new reporting requirements, finance and IT leaders have a long list of priorities placing significant demands on their departments. Added to traditional responsibilities like monthly close tasks, change requests, and maintenance, CFOs and CIOs are faced with unnecessary chaos and talent retention concerns. The result? The urgency for transformation is higher than ever. Organizations are investing in technology and process optimization initiatives, and CFOs are shifting their questioning from IF they should innovate to HOW and WHAT. Join this session to hear industry and BlackLine leaders discuss leading practices and share firsthand experiences on delivering successful finance transformation. We’ll cover topics including: • Why finance first is a no-regrets approach to digital transformation • How establishing a target data model and efficient actuals creates a foundation for success • What top companies do differently to maximize value and optimize talent

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